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Proper Storage Methods for 8mm Film or 16mm Film

Finding a Film Transfer Service to Convert 8mm to DVD or 16mm film to DVD is relatively easy. But you may find if have 8mm film and/or 16mm film, it may take a little more time to find a place where you can preserve film in your own home without it degrading until you actually take the step of converting your film. Follow these suggestions on how to store your film to keep your memories safe and intact.


How to Store your Film

  • Store film in a location with steady temperatures and humidity. Film stored at room temperature may last up to 50 years before decomposition occurs
  • Consider multiple locations for multiple copies of prints or duplicates of films
  • Label your film correctly, so if you send it in to MemoryHub for digital film transfer, it will help you and our team to quickly get your film processed.
  • Store horizontally, no more than 8 cans high
  • Use “Safety” film stock, polyester-base is preferred
  • Store on moisture-proof cores and in corrosion-resistant cans
  • Store no hotter than 70 degrees with 20 to 30 percent humidity
  • Considering converting your Super 8 Film to DVD to store digital versions of your film as well.

How Not to Store Your Film

  • Do not store your film in plastic or Ziplock bags. Film needs to breathe and needs the exposure to oxygen. Lack of ventilation will cause the films rate of decomposition to increase.
  • Do not store film in attics or in direct sunlight as high-temperature leads to an increased rate of decomposition
  • Avoid any locations near chemicals, paint or exhaust
  • Do not through away your original film once stashSpace has processed your film. Those are still something you can preserve as a keepsake.


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